ex-WHO director expresses mobile phone concerns

In a somewhat measured response to questioning on the safety of mobile phones, retired World Health Organisation (WHO) General Director and Prime Minister of Norway, Dr. Gro Harlem Bruntland gives her opinion on how mobile phones are affecting people’s health.

She is somewhat philosophical about society’s dependence on mobile phone technology, recognising the difficulties of eliminating this source of radiation any time soon.

Gro states that for 25 years she has reacted to mobile phone radiation and cannot hold a mobile phone to her head, preferring to hold it at waist level and texting instead. She also warns people against carrying a mobile phone in their pocket and tells the story of a man who developed a skin rash in the area adjoining his mobile phone pocket.

Longer video clip and written article (but not in English)

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SSMA’s submission to the Review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Stop Smart Meters Australia’s August 2015 submission to the Department of Communications advocated for the regulatory functions of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to be separated from its role of raising revenue, to include within its remit responsibility for protecting the environment from emissions from telecommunication transmitters and the creation of an Australia-wide database listing smart meter access point locations.

A copy of the submission can be found here.

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The two sides of science

Before we lead into the article that appeared in the Herald Sun about wireless armour underwear, the question we need to all ask ourselves is which side of science do we trust.

On one hand we are assured by industry and government departments that there are no dangers associated with exposure to wireless radiation from devices such as mobile phones, smart meters, tablets, laptops and other devices, some of which we carry close to our bodies everyday.

On the other hand we are cautioned about the dangers of wireless devices, with many scientists now linking the effects of microwave radiation to blood cell mutation when exposed to radio frequency emitting devices, as shown here and here.

So which side has a vested interest and is fully funded by industry?  You decide.

As you will read in the Herald Sun article reprinted below, there is now a strong link between fertility, low sperm count and RF exposure:

Underpants blocks radiation from devices

DESCRIBED by Richard Branson as “underpants for superheroes”, the Wireless Armour underwear contains a mesh of pure silver woven into the fabric that shields against 99.9 per cent of electromagnetic radiation, which is emitted from devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, and has been linked to fertility problems by scientists.

Inventor Joseph Perkins said that the growing popularity of smart, but radiation-emitting devices prompted him to take action.

“Like so many people, my smartphone and laptop use has increased dramatically in recent years, which made me realise that I was exposing myself to large amounts of electromagnetic radiation, mostly centred on my groin,” he said.

“With my physics background I knew there must be a way to shield from electromagnetic radiation using a simple solution.”

“Wireless Armour has been tested by an industry leader in wireless shielding and the results show that our fabric shields against 99.9 per cent of the radiation emitted between 100MHz to 2.6GHz.

“Put simply, this covers the entire range of radiation emitted by wireless devices, from voice and text through to 4G and Wi-Fi, almost everything is blocked.”

The silver in the Wireless Armour smart underpants disrupts the flow of electromagnetic radiation as silver is a conductor of electricity, and distributes it evenly around the mesh.

It is estimated that 70 million couples are affected by infertility worldwide, and according to a 2014 study by the University of Exeter there is a strong link between exposure to electromagnetic radiation and a lower sperm count.

Via Herald Sun

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Please vote for question to be answered by Australian Human Rights Commissioner

Please vote for the question about electromagnetic radiation and its health effects to be answered by Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner.

Voting concludes Friday 14 August, 5:00 pm.
Go to: http://oursay.org/community/freedom

The question to look for is:

“Will the Freedom Commissioner look into claims of people being impacted by man made electromagnetic radiation from digital communications and will he support the establishment of white zones (no Radiofrequency transmitters) for people who find themselves disabled and unable to tolerate emissions from cell towers, NBN WiMax towers, WiFi etc? In today’s technological driven and wireless addicted society we find there are people who are really suffering from these ubiquitous emissions from wireless emitters sited near our homes, near and in schools, on our hospitals and in public places. Those who are impacted are being ignored by the Government, labelled and ridiculed, effectively having their freedoms and rights being trampled. Sufferers lack accessibility to a safe environment which can lead to discriminatory behaviour. To date there has been a lack of real objective health based research to look at what the potential implications are to chronic long term exposure to these wireless signals that have been classified by the World Health Organisation as potentially carcinogenic. We require scientists with biological and medical science credentials to investigate, not psychologists or physicists as is happening today. Technical studies looking at emission levels against an RF standard are of little value when it comes to trying to understand whether there are health impacts to RF exposure.”

At the moment this question is number 4, and needs to be in the top 3 to be answered by the Australian Human Rights Commissioner. You can apply all 7 votes to the same question.

Vote now!

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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity study, University of Wollongong

A team of scientists at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), based at the University of Wollongong, are conducting a study into whether or not wireless technology makes people sick.

Wollongong Uni EHS study flyerVolunteer participants will be tested in the ‘safety’ of their home using “portable exposure devices and will be using signals that are relevant to each person’s symptoms.’’ Too bad if the participant’s home has been rendered unsafe by the installation of smart meters on, or near, their homes.

What consideration, if any, has been taken by the researchers with respect to all other sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) intruding into the home: the main culprits include mobile phone towers, neighbourhood WiFi, NBN towers and even dirty electricity? Will the team have the authority to turn off all of these EMR sources while conducting their provocation tests? It is seriously doubtful that they can and so these will most probably become unaccounted confounding influences.

Anyone who is Electromagnetic Hypersensitive (EHS) and is considering becoming involved in this study would best be advised to first read SSMA Vice President Steve Weller’s response to Rodney Croft regarding this planned study before making any commitments.

Rule number one when conducting scientific tests: remove all variables.

Will the testers know all the local sources of EMR, let alone remove them for the duration of the test? Will all participants be exposed to identical local sources of EMR, other than the EMR being applied by the tester? How can you test a person’s response to controlled doses of EMR when there are other extraneous and uncontrolled man-made electromagnetic radiation coming at the test subject from all directions?

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Technical study reveals magnitude of Victorian smart meter transmissions

The purpose of the latest technical study commissioned by the Victorian government, ‘Quantifying Smart Meter RF EME Levels in Victorian Homes‘, was to confirm that the radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (RF EME) from smart meters continues to meet ARPANSA’s standard for radiofrequencies. There was never any doubt that this would be the case, given the nature of Australia’s standard. In fact, some people believe it would be more apt to refer to ARPANSA’s RF standard as a ‘cooking’ standard rather than a ‘radiation protection’ standard, given its predication on thermal effects (i.e. one’s flesh must increase by about 1 degree before emissions fall foul of the standard), and disregard for biological outcomes.

However, the study does provide interesting data on the average number of transmissions (pulses) which occurred over a one hour period at each of the 55 properties which were surveyed. The results are not pretty. Extrapolating the data shown on pages 80 – 81 of the report to a 24-hour period, the median number of pulses was a staggering 11,988 pulses per day for meters in the mesh networks, 10,992 pulses per day for meters in AusNet Services’s WiMAX network and 20,280 pulses per day for meters in the 3G network deployed by AusNet Services to reach outlier meters. The averages (arithmetic means) were considerably higher; in the case of the mesh networks, where the majority of the testing was performed, this amounted to an average of 44,314 pulses per day.

The astounding amount of traffic generated by smart meter networks, both as a result of meters being used to relay other meters’ data (in the case of the mesh networks), as well as a result of network ‘chatter’ across all networks, makes a mockery of power distributors’ previous attempts to mislead consumers into believing that their meter only transmitted at such times as their own household data was being polled. Typical of the distributors’ claims were statements such as “During the course of a day the transmission time is spaced over 4-6 transmissions“. Really?! Certainly, there were large differences in the number of transmissions per site; page 80 of the report shows that the average mesh transmissions per hour ranged from 98 through to 15,396 transmissions per hour, representing a worst case outcome of 369,504 transmissions per day; average WiMAX transmissions ranged from 52 through to 66,092 transmissions per hour, representing a worst case outcome of 1,586,208 transmissions per day; and average 3G transmissions ranged from 252 through to 176,201 transmissions per hour, representing a worst case outcome of 4,228,824 transmissions per day. Difficulty in establishing communications was the reason ascribed to the meters in the 3G and WiMAX networks which had exceptionally high numbers of transmissions.

Victoria’s networks appear to be generating even larger volumes of traffic than revealed by previous studies. Prior to this latest technical study, which was completed by Perth-based Total Radiation Solutions, Australian authorities had only examined the traffic profile of a single (!) smart meter. However, according to information that California-based Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) was required to file in court, which referenced 88,000 deployed meters in a mesh network, scheduled readings of six times per day resulted in a median of 9,600 transmissions per day (see pp. 3-5, http://takebackyourpower.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Smart-Meter-Health-14000-to-190000.pdf). A worst case scenario resulted in 190,000 transmissions per day. PG&E use the same technology (from Silver Spring Networks) as deployed by Powercor, CitiPower, Jemena and United Energy in Victoria for its mesh networks, and by Horizon and Western Power in WA (for its Solar City program).

Although smart meter transmissions are extremely brief, it is the pulsed nature of RF which much of the scientific research sees as impacting on biological processes. In consequence, the magnitude of transmissions, across all networks, is highly concerning. The study also recorded instantaneous values, as well as showing the values averaged over a six minute period, which is the time period over which ARPANSA’s RF standard requires smart meter emissions to be assessed. The resulting figures, shown in Tables A – C of the report for the highest six-minute average, graphically demonstrate how this approach seemingly reduces the significance of emission levels.

The study trotted out the obligatory studies purporting to show the RF burden that modern householders are typically exposed to, in comparison to RF from a smart meter. However, this ignores the fact that the public has the right to determine their own exposure levels in regards to many of the items listed …this is hardly the case with 24/7 smart meter emissions. It is also irresponsible to suggest that because many householders have already chosen to saturate themselves in a (Group 2B) possible human carcinogen, that ‘just a bit more’ won’t hurt; isn’t this akin to the perverse logic of a drug or alcohol addict reasoning that just one more shot/drink won’t hurt? See ‘A Critique of the New Zealand Report: Health and Safety Aspects of Electricity Smart Meters’ in relation to one of the studies referred to in the report: http://www.emfacts.com/download/New_Zealand_critique3.pdf

Ambient background levels of RF levels were also conducted inside and outside of properties. These measurements excluded smart meter emissions. Tellingly, although in general the background levels exceeded the levels created by smart meter emissions, this was not always the case; in some instances, smart meter emissions represent the dominant RF exposure source within the home. However, no consideration seems to have been given to the fact that background levels of RF radiation in Victoria have already been skewed by the introduction of smart meter networks. For instance, all the data collected from the mesh networks’ Access Points is fed into existing telecommunication services (using the frequencies deployed by these services) to make the backhaul journey to electricity distributors. How much lower would background levels across Victoria be if this large body of transmissions was removed, thus further accentuating the RF footprint of smart meters?

The authors of the study conclude that RF EME levels from the smart meters surveyed were significantly below the general public exposure limits specified by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). The observation was made that “In general terms, the levels of RF EME from the smart meters found inside the home were typically hundreds if not thousands of times below the Australian standard.” This offers cold comfort to Victorians; 40% of the world’s population has the benefit of protection which is ten to hundreds, if not thousands of times, more rigorous than the ARPANSA standard. (See http://www.takebackyourpower.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/EMF_Report_140721-Isaac-Jamieson.pdf).

Read the report ‘Quantifying Smart Meter RF EME Levels in Victorian Homes’ here: http://www.smartmeters.vic.gov.au/about-smart-meters/reports-and-consultations

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WiFi Backlash Trend Accelerating

Cafe owners in Sydney are realizing that “Free WiFi” comes at a cost. As The Syndey Morning Herald reports, cafes are starting to limit or ban WiFi so that people will actually have real interactions. It’s economic too – allowing one customer to purchase a $3 coffee and take up a table for five for hours on end is simply not good business practice.

As the health effects of microwave radiation come into the mainstream, this trend will only accelerate. WiFi will become just like smoking – once a ubiquitous presence in all cafes/restaurants and now something that is socially unacceptable.

You can read the full article here:

“The love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers may be dying out as coffee shop owners revolt against Sydneysiders’ demand to be wired up.

Wi-Fi backlash is a trend accelerating among coffee shops, bars and restaurants, where a failure to see the benefits of Wi-Fi-induced turnover is encouraging many owners to restrict Wi-Fi or ban it.”

WiFi Backlash Accelerating

The cafe of the future won’t have WiFi. Hemingway’s Manly manager Theo Gibson is a trendsetter. Photo Credit: Janie Barrett

 

WiFi Backlash Accelerating Less EMF

Just like Faraday Cafe, which opened last summer, Hemingway’s Manly is a pioneer in moving us toward a healthier society.  Photo Credit: Janie Barrett

Via: http://www.emfanalysis.com/wifi-backlash-trend-accelerating/

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